Did some art journalling today, but it didn’t really turn out how it was in my head. The idea was based around snow – that snow covers everything with a blanket of purity, but then as it melts you see the random shapes and colours and slushy mucky bits beneath it – not so pure after all. This was to be accompanied by a Mae West quote: “I used to be Snow White but I drifted” ….
So I stuck a load of random textures on the page and added some modelling clay and white paint over the top, but the texture of the clay got mixed up with the paint and didn’t really stand out enough, and the materials just ended up looking a bit messy. I tried to stamp the quote on but the textures meant it wasn’t possible to get an even spread of weight so it didn’t really show up. Then I added it with my new Caran D’Ache watercolour pencils but they smudged so much it’s illegible. Then I wrote it in marker pen, but as the paint/modelling clay was still a bit tacky that didn’t really work either. And then I realised I’d actually written the quote slightly wrong anyway. Ah well.
So the end result is a bit of a random mess but I know what it is all about, even if no one else does – and I guess that’s the whole point of art journalling – it’s a way for me to express my feelings; it’s not meant to be a piece of art work for public consumption. And at least I can honestly say I haven’t spent the entire day watching my Jonathan Creek box set 😉